Bodily Action Shapes Perception

Sunday, February 14, 2016: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Coolidge (Marriott Wardman Park)
Jessica Witt, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Perception of the surrounding environment is shaped by a person’s body and ability to act within the environment. Hills appear steeper and distances appear farther to people who are obese or to people who lack fitness or are fatigued.  Spatial perception is not objective; it is not geometrically-veridical. Instead, perception expresses the relationship between the perceiver and her environment. Those with better abilities to function within the environment than others see it differently.